Jesus Doesn’t Know Everything!

IMG_2267“In the  beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Jesus knows God.

From the start of his gospel, John establishes that Jesus knows eternal God and is eternal God.

Later John quotes Jesus. “… the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing …” (John 5:19).

Jesus knows the will and work of God.

He knows exactly what God the Father would do in a given situation. And he knows why God would do it.

Which is a whole heck of a lot more than I know.

But Jesus doesn’t know everything!

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).

Jesus knows the world.

God the Father created the universe with and through him.

Jesus understands how life began. He knows the stuff of which stars are made. He comprehends galaxies, quarks, black holes, deep space, the laws of physics, and high school algebra.

But Jesus doesn’t know everything!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

Jesus knows people.

Jesus experienced life’s cycle as a flesh-and-blood person—birth, wet diapers, grade school, puberty, work, aging, and death (by execution).

He sweated. He hungered. He thirsted. He hurt. He tired. He slept. He laughed. He cried.

He knows us well because he’s walked in our skin.

But Jesus doesn’t know everything!

“But about that day or hour [the end times] no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36).

See! Jesus doesn’t know everything.

But he does know …

… God.

… the world.

… and me.

So Jesus knows enough …

… for me to trust him …

… for my past …

… my present …

… and my future.

I’m curious. According to His own words, Jesus doesn’t know the final judgment’s hour. What else do you think He doesn’t know? If He doesn’t know everything, why would you put your life in His hands?

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I've traveled and spoken around the world but always love to come home. There I eat exceptional meals, drink coffee to my heart's content, and get loved like nowhere else on earth. I believe a community centered in Christ should be all that and so much more.
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9 Responses to Jesus Doesn’t Know Everything!

  1. Chris Patton says:

    Great post, Tom! Also, thanks for the mention!

  2. Kari Scare says:

    I put my trust in Him because He and the Father and the Holy Spirit live in perfect harmony. I trust Him because He’s never given me a reason not to. He’s always faithful and true to His Word. I gotta say, though, that you do know how to challenge a person’s thinking. Good questions.

    • tnealtarver says:

      I like Peter’s answer when Jesus said, “You don’t want to leave also.”

      “Where else can we go?”

      I agree with you that He is faithful and true.

      • Kari Scare says:

        Exactly! No other option even come close to comparing. But, we need to be sure to have an answer ready not only to give to others but also for those moments of doubt we all have in our weak moments.

      • tnealtarver says:

        Sometimes I question my actions or my life choices. I have plenty of doubts about me. What gives me confidence is what Jesus has said. I have no doubts about Him.

  3. Chuck Hayes says:

    Excellent column. Jesus died in his 30’s. Does he know about the frustrations and temptations of old age? I heard this question in a college religion class.

    • Mary Jeffries McCauley says:

      It tells me that he has been tempted and faced each thing I have so I have to believe He does understand us at alll ages. So if Jesus doesn’t know then HE ALSO has to trust the Father! thanks Tom

    • tnealtarver says:

      Good observation, Chuck. I also think He doesn’t know shame, guilt, or evil from the inside. He knows temptation but not falling to it.

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